The US claims that it has evidence linking pro-Russian rebels to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, but in the absence of any concrete admission of guilt, the internet has come to up with its own theories – some more outlandish than others. Here are a collection of the best (and weirdest):
New World Order launches World War III
Before It's News finds it suspicious that the Ukrainian government knew exactly what had happened to the MH17 just minutes after the crash. This fact, when combined with the "convenient" discovery of dozens of "pristine" Malaysian passports at the crash site proves that the incident is an attempt by the New World Order to trigger a third world war.
For those unfamiliar with the group, the NWO is a shadowy power elite that is conspiring to rule the world. The Machiavellian group needs to provoke a global war, says Before It's News, because the US dollar is currently in trouble and their grip on power was in danger of collapsing.
Nato wanted to assassinate Putin
The Communist-party owned newspaper Pravda published a story last week entitled "MH17: some conclusions — did Nato try to murder Putin?". The article alleges that Russian president Vladimir Putin was believed to be flying the same route as the MH17 at the very same time, and that the Russian president's aircraft has "very similar contours and colouring" to the MH17. It is therefore likely that the missile that struck the MH17 was an attempt to take down Putin's plane, Pravda says. "After Iraq, after Libya, after Syria, would anyone seriously rule out a Nato attempt to murder President Putin?" the columnist asks.
An auspicious date, a recurring number
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, a Boeing 777, made its first flight on July 17, 1997, 17 years to the day before it crashed, noted CJ Chivers of the New York Times' in a tweet.
Haunting: Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, Reg 9M-MRD, made 1st flight on 7-17-97. It met its end 17 years later, to the day -aviation official
— C.J. Chivers (@cjchivers) July 17, 2014
The proliferation of sevens did not escape the attention of some other conspiracy theorists, including Glaswegian truth-seeker, Kev Baker, who suggests that when considered together, the date, time and flight number indicate foul play.
Israel hoped to divert attention from Gaza
Some speculate that the downing of the MH17 may have been an attempt by the Israeli government to divert attention from its ground operations in Gaza. Media with Conscience reports that the missile was launched by agents of the "US, Apartheid Israel, EU, Australia and neo-Nazi-backed Ukrainian Government" which has been "the only beneficiary from the MH17 atrocity and a key suspect" in the crash.
It was Illuminati not aliens
According the Illuminati Watcher website, the disappearance in March of the MH370 "must've been aliens" but the MH17 crash was most probably the work of the Illuminati.
"I followed the previous Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 (exhaustively) and concluded that it must've been aliens; one of the first conspiracy theories to surface, and until we hear otherwise I'm sticking with it," the writer said. "In that MH370 conspiracy theories post I referenced the fact that the alleged Illuminati might have been involved due to the number 777 being tied in. You'll notice that this MH17 was also a Boeing 777".
A bid to conceal the true origins of HIV/Aids
Several prominent HIV/AIDS researchers died on the flight, prompting some theorists to suggest that the attack was a cover-up for the "man-made origins" of AIDS.
They can't all be wrong
The reason conspiracy theories are so enduring, argues Patrick Cockburn in The Independent, is that some of them turn out to be true. "Purveyors of conspiracy theories have at least four other powerful motives," Cockburn writes: "a natural human delight in complicating matters and telling a good story; proving that an enemy is not only bad but demonically cunning; [and] making money... A fourth reason why conspiracy theories have such currency is that a proportion of them are true". For all the ludicrous theories that exist, Cockburn concludes, there are also some real conspiracies out there.
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